The pilot event was attended by around 30 people, who had travelled as far across the diocese as Walsingham and Cambridge, and included Bishop Alan Hopes.

Attendees were invited to sample two cask ales from St Peter’s Brewery near Bungay. The talk was delivered by Fr Julian Green, a parish priest in North Staffordshire who has many years’ experience of teaching and catechesis in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

In his talk, “The Fear of the Lord is the First Stage of Wisdom”, Fr Julian spoke about the fear of the Lord as a gift of the Holy Spirit, how it needs to be recovered in the wider life of the Church, and how it differs from “servile” fear because it leads to freedom and joy. Hear a recording of the talk below.

Fr Henry Whisenant, the organiser, said: “We were hoping we would get a good turnout for this event and we were certainly not disappointed. The Narthex bar lent the whole evening a wonderfully intimate and informal feel, and I was glad to see how people felt free to engage with Fr Julian’s talk and ask questions.

“I am sure this series will prove a wonderful way to delve into our Catholic faith and I can assure you that there are other good speakers in the line up!”

The next Peter’s Pints will not be until Friday September 16, after which the meetings will take place on the third Friday of every month.

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The full talk can be heard via the link below.

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